- high-toned; stylish: a tony nightclub.
Origin of tony
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- US and Canadian informal stylish or distinctive; classy
Word Origin for tony
C20: from tone
- any of several medallions awarded annually in the United States by a professional school for the performing arts for outstanding achievement in the theatre
Word Origin for Tony
from Tony, the nickname of Antoinette Perry (died 1946), US actress and producer
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1877, American English slang, from high-toned. It was the name of a reddish-brown fashion color in the 1920s.
1947, awards given by American Theatre Wing (New York), from nickname of U.S. actress, manager, and producer Antoinette Perry (1888-1946).
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